Brunei - Nature and Wildlife
Brunei is home to tropical rainforests covering approximately 75% of the land and provides natural habitats for a diverse range of wildlife. There is a great deal of beautiful flora including trees, ferns and flowers. Many small animals, tropical birds, reptiles and amphibians exist in the rainforests however, they are often hard to spot due to their incredibly shy natures. There are over 300 bird species found in the rainforests, and there are around 100 non-flying mammals (half of which are rodents). One of the most interesting looking monkeys in the world lives in Brunei. The Proboscis Monkey is characterised by a very long nose that can reach longer than 10 cm (3.9 in).
The mangroves found in Brunei are considered by many to the some of the best in Southeast Asia. Within the mangroves are a rich diversity of plants and animals. There are approximately 88 species of flowering plants as well as over 33 known fern species. Part of the reason Brunei Bay is abundant with fish and shrimp is down to the mangroves and the vegetation they provide, acting like a nursery for juvenile marine species. Birds are also common as they use the mudflats as feeding grounds.
In terms of nature conservation, one of the best places to visit in Brunei is Ulu Temburong National Park. The national park is an unspoiled nature heritage that is quite diverse. Like the rainforests, it is hard to spot the abundant wildlife within the park. There is an extensive network of wooden boardwalks and it has been said that visitors could theoretically walk around for days on the boardwalks without their feet ever touching the ground. There is also a popular canopy walkway that is 50 m from the forest floor and is level with the highest trees. Up there, visitors truly gain an appreciation for the flora around them and there is the possibility of spotting tree snakes that cannot be seen from the ground.
Another project dedicated to conservation in Brunei is the Kuala Belalong Field Study Centre. Established in 1990, the Centre was set up within the Ulu Temburong National Park with the goal of studying threats to rainforests and ecosystems. While not a spot for ecotourism, the Centre is open to schools as a teaching and training resource.
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